There is no one-size-fits-all urban regional planning guide. So why is the state legislature looking to impose such a uniform policy around housing approvals across all California communities?
If passed as currently drafted, state Sen. Scott Wiener’s by-right development bill, Senate Bill 35, would mean eligible market-rate housing proposals across the state would be approved “by-right” — they would not be subject to case-by-case local approvals or review under the California Environmental Quality Act.
A uniform policy to expedite all development is based on the concept that more building equals lower housing prices.
While this may be true long-term on a regional or statewide level, this concept tells only half the story, as it fails to add into the equation how market-rate developments are often a short-term catalyst for displacement of low-income communities of color.
When market-rate developments are built in these communities, they are likely to be at price points that are completely out of reach of local residents, making these developments essentially luxury housing.
That’s the whole point for Sacramento and their developer masters. Take poor people’s homes, demolish them, and build homes for the wealthy. This is particularly good business in the Bay Area where Silicon Valley money flows like water.
Source: The San Francisco Examiner